September 30, 2020

Poor and Irresponsible Advice About Bears

This is the kind of nonsense that I have been trying to convey to readers for some time. In an article at WUNC.org, a North Carolina wildlife biologist gives the following advice when encountering a bear.

Batts suggests that people limit food in outside areas, places like bird-feeders. But also, if you see a bear, take a minute to enjoy the majesty of the animal.

“Just watch and enjoy the bear as it passes through because that’s what it’s doing, it’s just passing through and I can guarantee you that he is way more scared of you than you are of him. I know that’s hard to believe, but it’s the truth.”(emphasis added)

In addition, the article states that the only problem with human and bear encounters with each other is the fault of humans (what else would you expect from a brainwashed environmentalist biologist?) because humans are afraid of bears. While perhaps some people are actually “afraid” of bears, the real problem, as far as humans go, is that they are not given the truth about wild animal behavior in order to make prudent decisions and formulate the necessary respect for the animals.

A state wildlife biologist telling people he will “guarantee” a bear, during an encounter, “is way more scared of you than you are of him” is utterly irresponsible. Under many conditions and circumstances a bear will not hang around when confronted by a human, however readers must understand that it is circumstances surrounding the life of a bear, that has forced it into human-settled landscapes. All wild animals are unpredictable and coupled with certain circumstances there’s always the possibility that conditions are right in which a bear becomes a weapon of destruction. It just sends a terrible message to people to tell them a bear is just passing through and is scared of you more than you are of the bear.

Obtaining accurate knowledge about bear and wild animal behavior isn’t based on fear as this biologists is suggesting. No person can make the best decision in given situations without having accurate and truthful information about the animal. This advice is very poor and I hope the biologist’s supervisors correct the situation before someone gets hurt because they are taught that bears are not potentially a very dangerous animal.

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